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Dec 7, 2012 6:00am EST
] >> welcome again to the foundation for defense of democracy's annual washington forum. my name is kenneth schwartz. i have the pleasure of introducing distinguished public official robert kc, senior senator from the state of pennsylvania. you served since 2007 as chairman of near east and south asia subcommittee, senate foreign relations committee only in the first term. one can scarcely imagine a more challenging time, the past two years in the middle east have seen wars in international borders, collapse of regimes in decades and the rise of political movements that may yet turn hostile in the united states and its allies. new developments, he has led the way on many issues of great concern to ftd. he is founder and co-chair of the bipartisan senate caucus on weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, in that capacity worked across the partisan divide to highlight serious threats of -- weapons of mass deliberation. he has done as much to run our greatest threat in the middle east and often lead the way on pressure advancing nuclear activities and efforts to destabilize the middle east. in
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 6:00am EST
and that the defense is a good of security assistance management. want to welcome all of you and would will start, i think will start with you, dr. shaffer, since you're the prettiest gal at the table. >> thank you for the opportunity to testify in front of this committee. would often think of iran as the middle eastern country but actually it sits in the crossroads of a number of regions, southwest asia, central asia and the caucasus. and actually the influence between iran and the south caucasus is two ways. not only is iran as you point out directly extremely active in diversion in the region and destabilizing any of the countries that are pro-western in the region, but also there's two-way influence because iran is both multiethnic edged up after member have the operation of a rant is in persian. the whole of the population of iran, a third is ethnic pashtun die. this is what drives iran's policies in the region is to destabilize other to make sure its own ethic by jordi's will not be detracted. and for this reason we find the islamic republic of iran is actually an ally of christian armenia in
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 7:30am EST
. that is as much as the entire defense budget. which is why in this autumn statement we showed that this coalition government is confronting the country's problems instead of ducking them. today we reaffirm our commitment to reducing the deficit, setting out the details of our spending plans for 2015-'16 and rolling forward an outlined framework into 2017-'18. we show our determination to do this fairly with further savings from bureaucracy, from the benefits bill and from the better off. we go on equipping britain to succeed in the global race by switching from current spending to capital investment in science, roads and education. we offer new support for business and enterprise so they can create the jobs we need. and in everything we do we will show today we are on the side of those who want to work hard and get on. mr. speaker, the office for budget responsibility has today produced its latest economic forecast, and it is a measure of the constitutional achievement that it has taken for granted that our country's forecast is now produced independently of the treasury, free from the political
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 6:00am EST
. >> please. >> sydney friedberg, sir, aol defense. i'm a media person. you don't have to get up and embrace me, you can just do it metaphorically from there. [laughter] you talked about 2014 and what the role of the army and the u.s. military will be in afghanistan. totally turned around, what's the role of the army of afghanistan is over this all-consuming conflict? i don't know, i mean, are you going to be preparing to deploy to afghanistan or a different position? how's the army as a whole as an up and coming 06, how's the army going to have to institutionalize some of the things it's learned over the last decade plus, and another area is change and move on to a different set of missions? >> i'll give you my opinion on this. this is my personal opinion. you can draw some parallels, lessons learned from our experience in southeast asia in the '70s and what we did as a military to focus on the greater threat at the time, the soviet union and the german defense plan and give us tremendous institutional focus. we also rebuilt ourselves as an institution professionally with the volunteer forc
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